Rethinking Sitting

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2009 - Architecture - 206 pages
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For millions of years humans have led physically active lives. In recent centuries, however, industrialization has fostered passivity and the growing predominance of the sitting posture for more and more people. Increasingly, chairs and furniture for sitting have become standard pieces of equipment in the workplace, institutions, and private homes. These sitting devices were designed according to the established standard of the chair, based on the accepted western manner of sitting.

In Rethinking Sitting, Scandinavian industrial designer Peter Opsvik addresses the issue of whether this is the only, and functionally best, design for the human body. When the various authorities on ergonomics promote their one and only “correct” sitting posture, he says all of them are right: Every recommended sitting posture is good. Opsvik sees it as his task to design chairs that allow as many different sitting postures as possible and make it easy to move and change frequently between positions.

In this beautifully illustrated reference Opsvik offers insight into his thinking on the subject of sitting and explains the philosophy that informs his furniture designs. Rethinking Sitting contains important information for everyone who is interested, for professional, educational, or personal reasons, in sitting solutions.
 

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User Review  - Katya0133 - LibraryThing

The only bad thing I can stay about this book is that I often read it at the end of the day, when my back was hurting, which made Peter Opsvik's observations on the problems of modern seating seem ... Read full review

Contents

Our active past
12
Sitting postures
18
Movement
33
Control
41
R TILTING FOUR CONCEPTS
59
The balanced tilt
77
Spiral springs
95
Suspended from above
101
Mini Max
157
Easy to climb easy to adjust
164
Cubistic forms
171
Four kilos of comfort
182
Ways of working
197
Credits
207
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About the author (2009)

Peter Opsvik, whose chairs are available internationally, has his own design studio in Oslo, Norway.

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